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I’m subscribed to three sites and I want to join others. Before I do, however, I first want to know their activity level.

If I go to Stack Exchange and look at the All Sites section, it tells me the number of questions.

Is this the number of questions overall or just the questions in the past month?

I would really like to know the activity per day, not for the last month, nor for all time. For instance, if you go to tags, you can see how many questions have been asked in total, as well as the number of recent questions:

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Basically, I want to know how frequently people ask questions so I know whether to join the site or not.

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    stackexchange.com/sites?view=list#traffic
    – rene
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 16:40
  • @Ollie I think this merits its own question.
    – user707129
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 16:49
  • @Xnero the linked duplicate does focus on pageviews rather than questions asked...
    – Ollie
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 16:50
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    Do you want to include deleted questions?
    – bobble
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 16:51
  • No @bobble just per day questions /activity
    – Big Joe
    Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 17:41
  • It can be a challenge to find the site and check each manually but Area 51 provides a slightly different value (see: meta.stackexchange.com/a/66612/282094 and meta.stackexchange.com/q/66862/282094) than this question or its duplicate.
    – Rob
    Commented Sep 19, 2021 at 2:00
  • While an interesting excersise it is a rather pointless metric on which to decide to join a given site or not. I'd argue that it should first be about your knowledge and interest on a specific topic and second the quality of the questions and answers provided on a site. Lastly there is no penalty in joining a site, and even not in deleting your profile on it later, so wether there are 2 or 2000 questions a day seems hardly relevant.
    – Luuklag
    Commented Sep 19, 2021 at 11:49
  • @Luuklag only reason why I phrased it that way is cause I don't want to waste my associate bonus on a site that doesn't have any activity. Imagine going to a site getting the 100 rep asking a question and a week later it's still unanswered. You just wasted time and rep I know every site isn't meta where you get feedback with a minimum time of like 30 mins but it would be nice to know if they are active
    – Big Joe
    Commented Sep 19, 2021 at 19:04

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There are two figures per site for the number of questions there: the all-time number (22 million, in case of Stack Overflow) and the number of questions per day (5.6k).

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If you hover over the latter figure (which often reveals more information about a lot of things on Stack Exchange), you'll see what that means: it's the average over the last two weeks.

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To get the number of questions in the last month, you could:

Note that search and the API won't return deleted questions, and SEDE only if you use the PostsWithDeleted table.

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